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  • Eleanor & Park

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bittersweet first love romance

  • By Kaggy on 31-12-16

Really wonderful, keep thinking about it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-16

What made the experience of listening to Eleanor & Park the most enjoyable?

Both voice actors were great and brought a great sense of character to the story. They were also adept at voicing other characters as well as Eleanor and Park in a distinctive and believable way. Also, Eleanor and Park were each voiced well by the alternate actor (if that makes sense). The female voice actor in particular has a very dreamy, thoughtful voice that fit the character really well.

What did you like best about this story?

It's funny because while I was listening to this book, I really liked it, but I probably wouldn't have said I loved it. But since finishing it 2 weeks ago, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. The characters and story keep popping back into my head. I have gone and binge-read Rainbow Rowell's other books and am wondering if it's too soon to re-read Eleanor and Park again! It was just a very gentle yet moving, real portrayal of a teenage relationship. I felt like, for 9 hours, I knew those characters as though they were real people.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Any scenes with Park's mum! The scene where Eleanor is in her gym suit has stuck in my mind. Also the scene near the end where Park talks to his Dad about what he is going to do (don't want to give anything away). Lots of the scenes towards the end were really moving. And also just the whole slow buildup of their courtship on the bus. Courtship is a super old-fashioned word to use but it seems like the right one: the slow-burn of their relationship made it feel really real and it was oddly beautiful, made me yearn a little bit for pre-social media days before everything was so instantaneous all the time. (Being a 90s kid myself, I also found lots of the 80s things like walkmen and mixtapes felt really familiar and nostalgic.)

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. I hope Audible gets more Rainbow Rowell books soon. Go out and read everything of hers!!

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